Playwright, Lyricist, Librettist
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Swell is a new multi-disciplinary collaboration between Melisa Tien and Jeff Tang.

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a multi-disciplinary work

by Melisa Tien and Jeff Tang

(Blue Wave by Blair Thornley)

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I’m collaborating with composer Jeff Tang on a multi-disciplinary piece inspired by the lifeguard trainees of Grover Cleveland High School in Queens, NY.

The majority of the students are immigrants/children of immigrants. Many enter the program afraid of the water, and emerge with the ability to save a person’s life. They go on to watch over swimmers at the beaches and pools of New York.


A song from Swell was presented Oct. 2018 at Inside the Underground @ The Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC.

Anthony McGlaun vocals, Jeff Tang ukelele


(L to R) Jeff Tang, Melisa Tien, and Anthony McGlaun @ The Cornelia Street Cafe Underground, 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY